Mayan Colors

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The Mayans assign a color to each of the four directions and one to the center. So the guidebook says.

The color assigned to the center is blue-green.

I imagine an enchanted isle where everything makes sense. I conjure soft breezes, a warm ocean. I wish for a compass that points the way.

I imagine arriving, how comforting it feels. Peaceful, pain-free.

I read on.

The Mayans associate blue-green with priests, death, and sacrifice. They paint sacrificial knives blue-green.

My punctured daydreams deflate, dissipate.

Has the world informed me, again, that death is the one true pain reliever?

Surely not.


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